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Music In Our Schools Month

 It happened one day in 9th Grade Choir at East High School.

It was the spring of 1965 and our music teacher Mr. W. had just introduced us to some new music that we would perform later that year.

Mr. W. instructed us to watch him very closely as he demonstrated the fine technique of breathing just before he started to sing the first note. He opened his mouth and let out a big gasp. Mr. W. caught his dentures from falling out!

Brook Nance

Meet Casey Springstead: he's the longtime wind ensemble director at Irondequoit High School, the Music Director for the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and, because his schedule isn't full enough already, a French hornist in the Penfield Symphony Orchestra. In September of 2017, he was given the Faculty Service Award at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.

Bill Tiberio's work as a musician and a teacher has an impact throughout the Rochester community. You can hear him playing saxophone with his band, or see him  conducting the Music Educators Wind Ensemble and Music Educators Big Band based at the Eastman Community Music School, and most of all, know that he has inspired generations of music students as a teacher at Fairport High School for more than 30 years.

Music In Our Schools Month® is an annual celebration during March which engages music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.

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Teacher Mark Phinney taps into a child's world of play using the Orff Schulwerk Method at John James Audubon School 33 in Rochester, New York.    His students range from kindergarten age to sixth grade, and he says he loves working with them.

The Orff Schulwerk Method is vastly different from the way Mark learned to make music.

"We were basically in the 'sit and get.'  We sat and we were told, and that's what we did.   Here, you come in and you DO.  It's constant activity, music-making, and prepping to make the music. The kids take over!"


Brenda Tremblay

Jeanne Gray is a force of nature.

She glows with enthusiasm for lifelong music-making.

“When you’ve got senior citizens who are back doing level one solos and enjoying it, why not?”

Born on October 9, 1926 in Endicott, New York, this great-grandmother has witnessed and shaped music programs across New York State through decades of teaching in Corning, New York and in Webster Central Schools until her so-called "retirement" in 1962. 

Musical Mentors

Mar 5, 2017

There were many adults in my life that inspired my musical interest. My parents, Fred and Marie Andres took their 3 year old son to classical concerts at the Eastman Theatre. Sometimes I fell asleep!

During elementary school, Miss Dolan from School # 35 and Miss Beckwith from School # 33 inspired me with the variety of songs taught during class. Miss Dolan insisted that I would sing an Irish lullaby solo on stage in 2nd Grade. That was my last solo! (read more)

Music in Our Schools Month, March 2017

Monroe, Orleans, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario and Wayne Counties

Wednesday, March 1

District Chorus Concert, Wayne Central Schools, Wayne Performing Arts Center – 7:00 pm

Band Prism Concert, Brighton High School, HS Auditorium – 7:00 pm

District-wide Choral Concert, Spencerport – 7:00 pm

All District Instrumental Concert, Albion Central School, HS gym – 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 2

Please share your stories of a favorite music teacher, recognize a music teacher that is making a difference in this community, or one that impacted your life.